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first interview since the election, reince priebus, chairman of the republican national committee. welcome back, mr. priebus. how are you? >> doing great, piers. how are you? >> you have been keeping your head below the paraput since the shellacking you guys took in the election. what is your reaction to the pretty poor defeat? >> well, i think that we got to look at everything that we're doing. i think that's what we have to do. i don't think you can draw any quick conclusions other than the fact that we lost and we know that. but i think in order to get back in the game, you've got to look at and do a full autopsy of what happened, what we did well, what we didn't do well, what we can do better in the next year with two governors' races coming up and two years later, then four years from now. so what we're going to do is we want to bring everyone together. leaders from across the country, to look at everything that we've done, come up with a game plan, sort of a four-year plan of what we can do in the communities, out there across america, to do a long sustained year by year cam
in libya. >>> the election was only three weeks ago, but president obama's about to shift back into campaign mode. and we're learning exclusive new details about the personal and professional life of the woman at the center of the scandal that forced the resignation of cia director david petraeus. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the obama administration's latest attempt to explain the misleading information given out in the days after the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya died in what we now know was a terrorist attack. but that isn't what the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said when she went on national television five days after the attack. today rice is up on capitol hill. she's explaining what happened and some big-name republicans clearly are not very happy with her answers. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following what's become a pretty long day -- a tiring day for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what's the latest,
, it went very well. the problem was that was before thanksgiving after the election. and since that time, there's been little progress with the republicans, which is a disappointment to me. >> well, the market didn't exactly like what they heard there either. the dow lost nearly 90 points today. much of it in reaction to harry reid's dismal statement. i got an e-mail with it all in caps, the market is coming in on these headlines from harry reid. this matters, every word they say matters and white house press secretary jay carney was on the defense today. he pointed out as he had done yesterday that the president spoke on the phone with senate majority leader harry reid and john boehner over the weekend. and besides carney says, the president has to talk directly to the american people. >> it is vitally important that ordinary americans actively engage in this debate because the outcome of these negotiations and the hopeful product of these negotiations are the product that we hope emerges from these negotiations will profoundly affect their lives. >> so is the president, the missing ing
: >> it's funny to watch a senator or congressman who got himself elected by promising the citizen of his state that he would go to washington to reform government and not to pay taxes. when the going gets rough he wanted to debt ceiling increase. the same cast of chakts are turns in the homework for the second tyne two years later and there's not a snowball rolling. the good news is the people that gave a commitment to the american voters. for four years president obama has not reined in spending. all he did is demand $1.6 trillion of tax increase so he can spend more money, not reining in spending. we need focus on spending problems because that's the problem we have. >> warren buffett wrote this fascinating piece in the "new york times" today. you're familiar with it today. suppose they come to you with an investment idea. i'm in it. i think you should be, too. would your reply be this? it depends on what my tax rate is on the gain we're going to make. if the tax isn't too high, i'd rather leave the money in my savings account. war len buff set says only in norquist imagine kwis. why a
presidential sweeping powers and we have suffered from them. secondly, we elect democratically our presidents who acquire authorities which are more than enough for him to be an active president in shaping egyptian politics, domestic politics and he does not need additional authorities. thirdly, egyptians have always held the judicial branch of government in high regards and these are not like any lack of what -- of the judicial branch of government to be part of what our -- revolution is all about. >> could this be something that's good for you? as a former member of parliament, the judges needed to dissolve parliament, putting you out of your job and now that morsi's trying to seize power from the judges, is this something that could end up being good? >> no, let me continue either way. i'm here speaking as a political scientist as well. countries which make it to success and transition to democracy after the revolution have always managed to build institutions and to respect the checks and balances. what morsi does is basically frees checks an balances and i'm not aware of any dictatorship
situation is different. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware, i was just elected, that the only thing i'm monitoring is the oath that i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> reporter: gop lawmakers bluntly stating to alert the fiscal cliff, they're ready to break from grover norquist and the pledge he's got most republicans to sign to never raise taxes. norquist waste nod time hitting back on cnn's s"starting point" >> it doesn't pass the laugh test. if you want to go to your voters and say, i promised you this and i'm breaking that problem, you can have that conversation with them. but you don't have an argument with me. you've made a commitment to your voters. >> reporter: the question, will more republicans rebel against the pledge? republican and democratic aides tell cnn despite the compromising talk it won't have much impact at all on the fiscal cliff negotiations. there's little evidence of progress from staff level talks over the thanksgiving break and no hints from senate leaders just back in town. >> the senate has spoken and president oba
. >> morgan freeman pointing out why he's behind what voters in three states did on election day. >>> and your $2 could be worth 425 million bucks. power ball reaching a new record. let's dream the dream together, shall we? shall we? "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning to you. thank you so much for being with me on this monday morning. i'm carol costello. we begin with the so-called fiscal cliff. 36 days from the crisis. new signs of just how concerned lawmakers really are. more republican lawmakers now say they will work toward a compromise, even if they have to break a promise not to raise taxes. that promise, that pledge, the brain child of anti-tax activist grover norquist, a long-time power broker in the gop. but the vote faced its first test last week when senator saxby chambliss said he was ready to break the promise. congressman king -- now senator lindsey graham has become the latest republican to say he would violate the pledge if democrats also showed willingness to rein in the nation's debt. >> i want to buy down debt and cut rates to creat
not to raise any taxes ever. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware. i was just elected. the only thing i'm honoring is the oath i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> that's senator bob corker and one of the a handful up republican lawmakers repudiating the pledge. he'll join us shortly. i'll ask him to be more specific about whether that's higher tax rates, something president obama campaigned and won re-election on. senator lindsey graham also breaking with norquist saying no higher tax rates but open to more tax revenue by limiting deductions. >> i'm willing to generate revenue. it's fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. ilt not raise tax rates to do it and cap deductions. >> another lawmaker breaking with the norquist agrees. >> i think everything should be on the table. i'm imposed on tax increases. imt not going to prejudge it, and we should not take ironclad positions. >> late today in "the situation room" republican kevin mccarthy put a fresh spin on the talking points. >> if the gel oal is to raise m revenue what's the best way to do
parties discuss ways to solve our nation's massive debt challenge." where after this election does the house speaker if you will get the political capital to take this tact? >> well, at first, i have to point out, it's not just the day after thanksgiving, this is during the lsu game that donna and i are here. >> go tigers. >> arkansas. yes, the big game. now as to john boehner, the issue here is many of the states are opting out of state exchanges. there was a quirk when they passed the law nancy pelosi said you have to pass the law to find out what was in it, what wasn't in it is a funding mechanism for federal exchanges. many of the states are skipping state exchanges paid for by an employer mandate to either fund health care insurance for employees 50 or more or to pay a fine in effect into a state exchange. the language for funding state exchanges isn't there for the federal exchanges. something like 15 to 20 states now are opting for the federal exchange so there's no funding mechanism. so the house has to revisit this. taxing legislation has to come through the house of repre
our nation's massive debt challenge. >>> a special election following jesse jackson jr.'s resignation from congress. jackson says he needs to spend time, quote, restoring my health. jackson mysteriously disappeared from capitol hill in may and his office later revealed he was dealing with depression and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. health concerns aren't the only thing jackson is facing, though. ted rowlands is in chicago. good morning, ted. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yeah. well, the health concerns are significant. he had two stints at the mayo clinic. talking to family members, that was the main reason why he just couldn't move forward. and he gave his letter of resignation to john boehner yesterday. in that letter, though, for the first time -- this is what you were alluding to, carol, he did acknowledge he knows he is the subject of a federal investigation for possible misuse of campaign funds. and in that letter at one point he said talking about that, i'm doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators and accept responsib
post election lame duck session and talk about lame, if the senate doesn't act here, if the house doesn't act, if the president doesn't act, in unison, your taxes are going up come january 1st to help raise revenue to pay down the national debt. stay with me here for a moment because we'll show you exactly, you know, how much your taxes will be rising. but here's the thing. it doesn't have to happen, this predetermined jump in income taxes and the new parlor game on capitol hill is to pick the next republican, follow me here who is willing to break a no tax pledge made to a very powerful lobbyist, in order to cut a deal with the democrats to focus the pain of new taxes on the wealthy. see this picture? see these three guys. here is yet another republican speaking just this morning. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware i was just elected that the only thing i'm honoring is the oath that i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> so republican senator bob corker is saying his oath of office trumps any no tax pledge made to washington lobbyist grover nor
campaigned and won re-election on. senator lindsey graham also breaking with norquist says no on higher tax rates, but is open to more tax revenue by limiting deductions. >> i will violate the pledge long story short for the good of the country only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> another lawmaker who's breaking with the norquist agrees. >> i think everything should be on the table. i myself am opposed to tax increases, i'm not going to prejudge it, we should not be taking iron clad positions. >> late today in the situation room, republican kevin mccarthy, the house majority whip put a fresh spin on what seems to be the talking points. >> if the goal is to raise more revenue, what is the best way to do that? at the same time protecting the economy? if you're able to gain more revenue by closing special loopholes, and limiting them. and keeping the rate down, so you have better ground control. isn't that a better outcome. >> talk of tax deductions and closing loopholes. a big note on raising tax rates. a lot of talk, but not much real movement, at least for now. as for grover nor
of a contentious presidential election campaign. >> reporter: after meeting with rice for more than an hour, collins emerged questioning her judgment in giving the public what turned out to be incorrect information in the days after the deadly attack in benghazi. and the main republican was lukewarm about the prospect of rice as secretary of state. if president obama were to nominate susan rice to be the next secretary of state, could you support that nomination? >> i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. >> reporter: collins has gone out of her way to support rice in the past. even introducing rice family ties to maine at a confirmation hearing for u.n. ambassador. >> the people of maine are proud of what this remarkable woman has accomplished. >> reporter: whether collins supports rice now for a promotion is crucial because of the raw numbers. rice would likely need 60 votes to overcome a filibuster by these gop senators assuming all 55 senator who is will caucus with democrats next year vote to confirm rice, she would still need five republicans
after the election we have done nothing other than san the recovery comes as well as fighting about needing balance in terms of the budget. i do not even think the word is the appropriate word. what happens in december is the bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, and they should expire. that has been litigated. in terms of what mitt romney's position was, what obama's position was -- the president, by the way, has gotten the greatest votes total for a reelection of any president in history. he was out there saying we need a balanced approach. we are getting out of a recession, it is still a very tenuous recovery, we need to invest in education, infrastructure. we need to find some revenues. that is part of the fight in washington in the next month. host: this so-called fiscal cliff -- you said the tax cuts should expire. what would be the impact of tax cuts expiring for the middle- class and others? guest: look, this election was about how we recreate andry imagine the american dream for those who want to be in the middle-class and those who want a broad and middle-class. of course
to run for re-election next year. storm victims have been asking about his plans. >> this weekend, mary pat and i, the kids, had an opportunity to just kind of have a few minutes to ourselves. and we talked about it. and we've decided we're going to seek re-election. and we're wanting to get that going today. so i instructed my campaign treasurer to file papers with the election law enforcement commission to seek re-election. and so -- >> there you have it. christie has been extremely hands on in dealing with the storm damage. that has helped fuel a huge spike in his approval ratings which now hover around 80%. >>> in dewitt county, illinois, reluctantly agreed to a coin flip 14 days after their election ended in a tie. incumbent ferguson called tails. decisive coin flip was more like gambling than democracy, he says. >>> crane on fire starts to collapse with hundreds of people standing below in australia. now we're learning about a connection between that crane and another crane that buckled in new york after superstorm sandy. [ female announcer ] imagine skin so healthy, it never gets
, the list of at that time party candidates who suffered defeat in the last election just keeps growing, founders air that i cause is still very much alive. but with more key members losing their seats in congress, are we see an end to the tea party movement? joining muss is robert zimmerman and cnn contributor and republican strat jill anna navarro. welcome to you both. >> good to be with you. >> anna, a simple question. is the tea party dead? >> no, i don't think it's dead. i think it had a very good year in 2010. this year was not a good for the team party, but if politics, everything swings like a pendulum, and i think it's swinging back to the center, or i hope. i do think the tea party plays an important role in the republican party. we should embrace them. they did a terrific job bringing people out to vote twoiers, but as rpgs it's time we start looking at the primaries. we both some important races, because we didn't pick the right person out of the primary. >> wasn't it because of a tea party? >> i'm not going to blame the tea party for some of the things that todd akin or ric
of illinois plans on holding a special election to replace jesse jackson junior. he resigned wednesday just two weeks after winning re-election citing on going mental health problems. he's also being investigated for possible misuse of campaign funds by the fbi. and for the first time he acknowledged that saying he will accept responsibility for his mistakes. >> number three, gas rationing in new york city will end today. that's according to mayor michael bloomberg. the city has been rationing gas by odd and even days since november 9th. recovery from superstorm sandy is far from complete. more than 30,000 people are still without power in new york and new jersey. 30,000. and governor chris christie says the storm cause add estimated $29.4 billion in damage in new jersey. >> number four, someone may wake up a multimillionaire tomorrow. the powerball lottery jackpot is now a whopping $325 million. that is the fourth largest jackpot in the game's history. you have to buy a ticket before 10:00 p.m. eastern time tonight to be included in that drawing. >>> and veteran actor larry hagman has died
medicare plans that may be right for you. call now. elected president takes oath of office he meets with president obama at the white house. nieto wants to talk about trade, manufacturing, energy deals between mexico and the united states. wolf blitzer sat down with him for an interview a couple of hours ago. more on that in a bit. mexico's president-elect wants to update the conversation between his country and the united states. he's talking about the drug wars, security, immigration, all of those things on the agenda. millions of people in both countries are affected by the decisions that he and president obama make and it's time to redirect the relationship. how do they do it? cnn contributor ruben navaret. you wrote a to-do list for both leaders. what does the new president of mexico, what does he need to do? >> right. i think, suzanne, one of the thing his needs to do is reframe the relationship and redefine the paradigm. the case that mexico comes to the was asks for certain things, recently for $1.4 billion in funding under the initiative to help fight the drug war. i think
when hamas won the parliamentary elections, the palestinian parliamentary elections, the united states and israel immediately took steps to isolate it, politically, economically, in every possible way. now we find that hamas has now -- has hosted leaders from turkey, from egypt, qatar, foreign ministers from a variety of arab countries. it gained quite a lot in the last eight days, and some people here would say it would be foolhardy for them to lose their gains, simply because some small faction decides to launch a rocket over the border. >> and you're looking at a live picture on the right-hand side of your screen of gaza city. keep that picture up as we continue our discussion to see if there are any more incoming shells from israeli defense forces nerks o forces, any outgoing forces. joined by wolf blitzer here in our studio, in jerusalem. you just spoke to mark reghev, the spokesman for the prime minister. you asked him some key questions and for some there were not answers. in particular what happens to the borders, to the blockade of gaza city? >> i think that will depend if thi
gained more than 1%. the dow closing above 13,000 for the first time since the election. this week, the focus turns back to the u.s. economy now the fiscal cliff talks are looking more promising and the election is behind us. new reports this week on the housing market, manufacturing sector and consumer data. also the second estimate for third quarter gdp comes out on thursday. the broadest gauge of the health of the economy and economists think that number is going to show better growth than we saw, 2.8% down from 2.2% that they had thought earlier. the fiscal cliff being, you know, something that really helped the stock market last week. >> i would imagine. >> don't screw up. >> please, congress, don't mess this up. let's take a live look this morning at the capitol dome where congress is back to work this week. s fiscal cliff staring them in the face. 35 days, we go right over that cliff or right down that slide or whatever the metaphor is we're using today. politicians on both sides of the aisle are now signaling that they're willing to compromise. that includes republicans who
popular are hamas here? they clearly have support. they won an election. these days, how popular are they when they talk to people? >> not very. they are the biggest employer in gaza. if you want a job, and you can't find anything, you will provide something with hamas. they provide food, education to a certain extent. medical care some of people do appreciate that, because here in gaza as you've seen, a very poor place. >> they provide a safety net for the poorest. >> on the other hand, many people resent them, because they feel they are power hungry, dishonest, greedy, and they, for instance, monopolized the tunnel trade to egypt. they tax everything that goes through. nobody can dig a tunnel, operate a tunnel, without paying taxes, officially or unofficially. so there is a feeling that hamas is in a sense turned gaza into its own business. and how -- do people know where all of the rocket batteries are? where hamas is? we ourselves are trying to figure out is there hamas in a building where we are, there might be a strike? do people know everything about the locations of hamas
the representative of the palestinian people, even when hamas formed the palestinian government after the elections of 2006, they acknowledged this fact that the plo will be in charge of conducting negotiations with israel in order to resolve the conflict. so there's no question about who represents the palestinian people here. we do have political differences. this is not a secret. but when it comes to confronting this israeli brutal attack against the gaza strip, witnessing the deaths of innocent civilians, 135 so far have been killed, almost 1,000 wounded, we have put aside all our differences and we do our best to protect our people. >> how do you personally feel about the indiscriminate firing of rockets into israeli civilian areas going back months and years? >> well, we always have said that we do not condone violence from any side, but you have to keep in mind, piers, that this current cycle of violence started when israel took out a military commander of hamas on wednesday and the israelis were anticipating a retaliation, unless they do not understand the politics of the region. so when it
obama's re-election, with israeli elections coming up in january 22nd, with the head of the palestinian authority going to the u.n. to ask for nonmember states status for the palestinian authority for palestine, i think instead of looking upon all of this in a negative way, we should build on it. >> and then we're looking at pictures that involve egypt's president mohammed morsy. how do you see his role here? earlier in the week it was considered that he played a very strong leadership role here. he used his leverage as well. but then now with the power grab that he is entertaining in egypt days after helping to broker this cease-fire, is his role now being looked at or assessed differently? >> no. i think what we have to look at is president morsy's international role. he played a critical role and he played a positive role as being a very valid person between hamas and the israelis. i mean you had an israeli delegation in cairo working out this deal under egyptian egis. i think morsy played a positive role in helping gain the cease-fire. so that, i think, is one part of morsy. the oth
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quickly rose to be the voice of democracy in burma, creating the national league for democracy. elections followed in 1990, where her party won 80% of the seats. that joy quickly turned to tragedy. the military junta nullified the election and arrested aung san suu kyi. she would spend the better part of two decades under house arrest, unable even to visit her dying has been -- husband. in 1996, i recall being approached to sponsor a burma sanctions bill. sanctions were only loosened in july of this year. senator mcconnell later became one of aung san suu kyi's chief advocates in the senate and we continued to work on behalf of the people in burma. in 2003, following an assassination attempt, senator mcconnell and i worked to pass an important and that remains in place today, an effort to bring about further reform. and i must say, burma is extremely lucky to have a champion mike aung san suu kyi. in the face of violence, harassment, intimidation, she has never wavered in her pursuit of human rights. she celebrates the release of political prisoners, including the approximately 90 release
that the chicago gang meeting was cooking the unemployment numbers. >> who said the election was a sham and a travesty. >> -- call for the march on washington. donald trump? >> armchair billionaires for change. >> martin luther king's march on washington all these years later. >> you know rupert murdoch, right? what do you think? >> we were together last week. >> i told you guys during the break, it's an interesting conversation. but twitter is its own little world where your personality is developed in a way that's almost completely independent of who you are. i have trouble seeing how do you become -- you can be someone wholly independent on twitter doesn't reflect who you are. that's not an excuse for rupert murdoch. >> it's so wrong -- >> really? >> actually twitter -- >> have you ever met somebody in real life that you follow on twitter and you've never met and said that's not who i thought you were? >> i think people no filter right what you get is the unedited not necessarily polite maybe more real version and that they kind of clean up the real when they know they're going to be
. on the other hand, though, it looked as though in the upcoming election that is are going to happen on january 22nd that he probably would not get back into israel's parliament because the faxz that he leads in parliament is simply so small and doing so badly that they probably wouldn't get in, so it seemed as though the chances of him remaining defense minister were very, very slim. now he is seeming to take the high road out of office. >> fred, some people are definitely reading more into this. hannan is a member of the palestinian liberation organization's executive committee, and here's what she said. she said she hopes this signals recognition of the futility of the military approach and the adoption of violence as means of dealing with the palestinians. do you think, in fact, that by him leaving this is a message that perhaps that is true, that that is not the way to go? >> absolutely not. i mean, one of the things that is definitely true about ehud barack is that he looks obviously very fondly back upon his own military career. he was, of course, a part of the special forces unit in the
the hash tag my2k. the new campaign even has a name. obama for america. what's that, you say? election 2012 is over, right? no, not if you ask senator mitch mcconnell. >> he's back on the campaign trail, presumably with the same old talking points we're all quite familiar with. >> president obama is gambling that people power will prod republicans into making a deal. after all, people power thing got him re-elected. but ultimately will the public be the decider? so the talk back question for you today, will the president's fiscal cliff road tour work? facebook.com/carolcnn. faceb facebook.com/carolcnn. >>> plan b, emergency contraception pill that some companies say is forcing them to choose between their faith and obamacare, which requires them to provide it. how one ceo is fighting back. a hybrid? most are just no fun to drive. now, here's one that will make you feel alive. meet the five-passenger ford c-max hybrid. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see? cause c-max has lots more horsepower than prius v, a hybrid that c-max also bests in mpg. say hi to the
up for re-election in 2014. maybe they'll face a challenge from the right. take a look at what lindsey graham said on the sunday talk shows. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid the coming grief, and republicans, republicans should put revenue on the table. we're this far in debt, we don't generate enough revenue. >> and that's his key difference here. he says he's okay with the no taxes but we do need to raise revenues and if that means cutting back on such things as tax rates, he will do it. also he says the democrats have to come forward here, as well. they have to do entitlements if he's going to break his pledge. zoraida? >> paul steinhauser live in washington for us. thank you. >> we're in the midst of the shopping frenzy and some people are seeing encouraging starts to the holiday shopping season. a record 247 million shoppers hit the stores and websites over the weekend. the national retail federation said they also shelled out more cash compared to last year. >> will shoppers still be in a spending mood today
decimated but gop senators say it is proof rice was putting pre-election spin before national security. >> it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> reporter: ambassador rice, what do you say to republicans who say your comments were politically motivated? rice didn't answer our question but admitted her talking points were, quo, incorrect in a key respect. there was no protest or demonstration in benghazi. while we certainly wish that we had had perfect information just days after the terrorist attack, as is often the case, the intelligence assessment has evolved. we stressed that neither i nor anyone else in the administration intended to mislead the american people at any stage in this process. and the white house had this to say. >> the focus on some might say obsession on comments made on sunday shows seems, to me, and to many, to be misplaced. >> reporter: gop senators also complain rice neglected to ask key questions before telling the public what turned out to be wrong information. >> that's tr
of hamas even though hamas is democratically elected. there's a lot of people who just want a solution and want to get on with their lives and be able to feed their families. unemployment is ridiculously high. 40%. it could be a great city. it's got a coastline, beaches. and yet it is -- there's just no such thing as regular life. >> so when we see them on the streets right now celebratory gunfire, they're so happy, they're smiling, they're relieved this is at least for now over. >> and to even be relieved to be out of their homes. i have not seen the streets crowded like that. streets were virtually empty. if you drive at all at night, you drive extremely fast. you never know where a rocket's going to go because you never knew where hamas may be, where they may have an installation or office. i think one of the most disturbing images i saw and i want to warn viewers we have images that we'll show you but it is very disturbing to watch, a group of hamas men on motorcycles dragging the body of an alleged collaborator down a main street in gaza city. >> an israeli collaborator. >> allege
will pay the price politically. remember, he's up for re-election in late january. that's certainly something that he's going to have to be well aware of. people here are no happy with the cease-fire. their not happy with the way this military operation was conducted. they're not happy that this military operation ended so quickly. and if, in fact, the cease-fire doesn't hold. if, in fact, the status quo from before comes back again, then certainly that is something that could damage president obama -- prime minister netanyahu politically here in this country. it's certainly something where the people are somewhat skeptical about whether or not he made the right move. >> all right. our fred pleitgen, live for us in ashkelon, israel. fred, thank you. >>> five minutes here past the hour. susan rice now publicly defending the comments she made in the aftermath of the september 11th terrorist attack in benghazi on the u.s. consulate there. rice initially suggested the attack was sparked by protests over that anti-muslim film. well, now the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. is insisting that s
of pledges including the tax pledge. when i ran for re-election i said i'm not signing any pledges. i'm going to do what's right. i'm not going to get into the game or sign or not sign pledges. look, from president obama's perspective and the democrats perspective, part of the exercise is to get more revenues from the wealthy, there's lots of different ways to do that. it doesn't necessarily need to be rates although it could be. but there's lots of ways to do that. at least they're in the ball park with each other on the revenue side. the thing that i think should be more troubling to people who are watching this debate is the apparent, at least current lack of progress on the entitlement reform and restructuring side. >> that's where i wanted to pick this up. we can talk about how we're going to make up revenue but we're talking about to use governor pawlenty's metaphor the trim on the wings of his airplane but i'm afraid the news you made this morning soledad is dick durbin seems to be very clear he's not in on one of these wings as governor pawlenty describes him. spending will not be par
and that is what we did. there is an election coming up in israel. netanyahu looked like he would achieve reelection there anyway. but internally israel, and abroad in his relationship with the white house what has prime minister benjamin netanyahu achieved? >> well, relations are a little bit warmer, at least for now, i think, between the white house and the israeli prime minister. president obama and netanyahu have not gotten along. that's been well documented. but the united states is now reaching out going to help israel in a new way. so that does strengthen bibi netanyahu's long-term position, as well. >> final question the other actor in the region we've been talking about all of them is egypt, of course. the u.s. has really fallen all over itself thanking egypt for its role in achieving a cease-fire here. but over the last 24 hours, something fascinating happened in egypt. the leader there mohamed morsi game himself immunity from any kind of legal challenge until there is a new constitution in that country. some people say that essentially lines him up to be a dictator. >> well he
the best assessment of the events in benghazi to the american people. >>> less than a month after being re-elected, illinois congressman jesse jackson jr. is resigning his seat, citing health concerns. jackson, you'll recall, mysteriously disappeared from public view last june. it was later revealed he was being treated for bipolar disorder at the mayo clinic. jackson is also the subject of investigations by the fbi and house ethics committee for alleged misuse of campaign funds. >>> and millions of couches, perhaps yours, across the country today will be getting a bit of a workout. check it out. it's the nfl lineup, because you can't have your turkey without a little bit football. turkey day, triple header, kicking off. 12:30 eastern today with the detroit lions hosting the houston texans. then cowboys and redskins squaring off, 4:25 this afternoon, followed by a prime-time showdown, 8:20 tonight, right when you're on that second round of turkey, between the pats and the jets. >> i'll be watching reruns of "sex and the city" and then going to bed at 7:30. >>> people already lining up outside our
to see a little bit more activity in israel. you have election coming up in january. the palestinian both factions, hamas, and fatah are talking about some sort of coalition. so i think you're going to see some movement. obviously at any point the extremists, particularly those that are actually to the more radical than hamas could seek to destabilize the situation. >> you brought up fatah. and they've been called powerless, impotent, a lot during the conflict over the last ten days or so, and criticized in some cases by members of hamas in some islamists in the region. on cnn yesterday, there was a quote from a member of hamas talking about thepalestinian authority and fatah. let's listen. >> i think people feel now that the only way which can proceed to work is resistance. becau because -- >> does the palestinian authority have any power, any more, to negotiate, are they just an empty suit? >> no, they do have -- they do have power, but again they don't have, you know, the popular support in gaza that's necessary to enforce or bring any large-scale deal along. so it's really a bifurcate
after the other right after re-election. first terms are about being re-elected. second terms should be about building a legacy and leaving something behind. i think we should be watching closely what happens with the fiscal cliff. because if they are able -- if republicans in congress and the president are able to get together and actually do something, i think it's a good omen for what's ahead. if they can't, we're in for a touch four years. he'll have a tough time passing his agenda. as americans we should all be rooting for him because we're in this together. there are big hairy problems to tackle. i think it's a good thing what we're hearing right now out of the republican leadership and white house where everyone seems to be holding hands right now singing kumbaya and wanting to get something done. i say we pray for that and see if it actually happens. >> i'm with you. i'm going to drop to my knees right now. third topic. we have to talk about black friday. i wanted to ask both of you, how long do you think it will be until stores open at midnight on christmas day? anna? >> lis
. this is meeting number two now with benjamin netanyahu. and then in a few hours she'll meet with the newly-elected president mohamed morsi. this just underscores the urgency of peace talks here in the region. the israeli air attacks killing 27 more palestinians bringing the death toll to 137. a spokesperson for hamas sounding hopeful. an end to the violence is near telling cnn, quote, we are close, we are on the edge, end quote. i want to bring in dan, a former israeli officer and now a scholar at the center for middle eastern policy. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> let me just begin on what your reaction is on what appears to be a level of new violence in tel aviv. could this be a game-changer? >> well, this is a very serious development, i think. and whether it is a game-changer or not, we'll have to see. i think that up to now while a cease-fire, the parties feel that a cease-fire is within reach, they were scrambling to achieve last-minute gains, strategic and public imagewise before a cease-fire comes into effect. i think that this bus explosion is sort of a decisive image that hamas
biden will meet with mexico's president-elect today. pena kneeate toe has a new message. in an editorial in "the washington post" he said the u.s./mexico relations need to go beyond drugs and security concerns. topping his list, deepening economic ties with the united states. >>> the remains of former palestinian leader yasser arafat were exhumed this morning from a mausoleum in the west bank. many palestinians believe that arafat was poisoned by israel when he died in 2004. now, an international team of scientists will analyze tissue samples to see if they contain any traces of a radioactive substance. the actual cause of arafat's death was never determined. >>> the egyptian people taking to the streets to mourn the death of a 16-year-old activist. and to voice their opposition to president mohamed morsi and the muslim brotherhood. this ireport showing protesters as they carried the teenager's casket through tahrir square to a cemetery. moresy's edict that the supreme court cannot overturn decisions he's made since coming into office in june or over the next six months is meeting a lot
the november 2010 election when the republicans and the tea party really knocked barack obama for a loop and took control of the house and everything that happened after that. the tax cut deal, the big fight over the budget and the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, also what happened in egypt and libya. and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and why did the actions he took. and a very perilous time politically but also explain how this is all done in a way, set up a 2012 campaign that we
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